** This is the one hundred and fifteenth in a series of weekly reports on news from the world of Epicurean Philosophy. Our home base for discussion is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophyCopies of these posts, and links to active Epicurean websites, are stored atEpicurusCentral.wordpress.com, and other discussion cites are referenced at the end of this post.
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** Summers have a tendency to be slower times for philosophy discussions, as Epicureans fill the warmer months with the activities of pleasant living, rather than dreaming up abstractions to change the world. Nevertheless this week we had several interesting threads, including:
**A discussion of the excerpt from Diogenes Laertius that emotion is no hindrance to wisdom.https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/856496011066027/
**Hiram’s post on Vatican Saying 28:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/856908897691405/
**Hiram’s setting up of an Epicurean Discusion at Disqus.com:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/857032424345719/
**Hiram’s post on “An Epicurean Case for Pastafari”https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/857763510939277/
**My post on warning against taking superficially a saying of Marcus Aurelius:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/856880601027568/
**Hiram’s link to an article on “The self-deception of the intentionally childless.”https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/857820014266960/
**Brent Rivera linked to “The Importance of Eating Together” which Epicurus surely would have endorsed:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/856491324399829/
**Elli created a new graphic on PD32 and the nature of justice:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/857952624253699/
**Hiram linked to “Philosophy Core Concepts – Epicurus on Mental and Bodily Pleasures”https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/858728097509485/
**And then, in our most-commented post of the week, the we discussed how to view the news about the ISIS child decapitating the Syrian soldier from an Epicurean perspective:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/858665174182444/
**Then, just before press time, Hiram posted a link to “The Science Behind Eternal Consc iousness” which Ilkka handled with a swift reference to Victor Stenger.https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/859041297478165/
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